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2012 Baseball Preview

Six local baseball teams either began or begin their 2012 schedules this week. Fountain Valley got a jump start on the others by sweeping a doubleheader from Sonora on Saturday.

Below is a capsule look at each of the six teams.

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Brethren Christian

League: Academy

Head coach: Bernie Smith (11th year)

The roster: Cameron Smith (P/1B/INF, second-team all-league, Sr.); Nick Rommerdahl (C, Sr.); Daniel Lee (PF/C, Sr.); Josh Burns (P/3B, Soph.); Bryson Burns (2B/OF, Soph.); Patrick Poss (2B/OF, Soph.); Seth Kennard (OF, Soph.); Conner Mahoney (P/UT, Soph.); Isaiah Davis (P/1B/SS, Fr.); Michael Capocciama (P/IF/OF, Fr.); Mike Fiorillo (IF/OF, Fr.); Andrew Assaf (UT, Fr.).

Season opener: Wednesday vs. Liberty Christian (score not available at press time)

Next game: 10 a.m. Saturday vs. Calvary Chapel/Downey (doubleheader)

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Edison

League: Sunset

Head coach: Steve Lambright (seventh year)

2011 record (overall/league finish): 24-4; league champion

The roster: Timmy Lopes (SS, second-team all-league, Sr.); Tyler Jones (1B/P, first-team all-league, Jr.); Don Pierce (1B/P, Jr.); Joey DeMarco (2B, Jr.); Jake Lesinski (C, first-team all-league, Jr.); Brian Schales (1B/P, Soph.); Dante Capoccia (OF/P, Soph.); Brett Adams (OF, Jr.); Kevin Ando (OF, Fr.); Jake Blackiston (C/OF, Jr.); Cole Frazelle ( P, Sr.); Philip Knapp (INF/UT, Soph.); Steve Knapp (P/OF, Fr.); Danny Maguire (OF, Jr.); Billy McGinis (OF, Sr.); Scott Orel (P, Sr.); Darren Preece (P/UT, Jr.); Jacob Rushing (INF/P, Sr.); Shane Selfridge (OF, Sr.); Austin Vander riet (OF/P, Soph.); Tommy Wise (3B, Sr.).

Season opener: 3 p.m. Thursday vs. Tustin (Loara Tournament)

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Fountain Valley

League: Sunset

Head coach: Ron LaRuffa (16th year)

2011 record (overall/league): 16-12; 8-7

The roster: Turner Clouse (P/CF, all-league, Sr.); Matt Gasparro (C, all-league, Sr.); Christian Rodrigez (1B, Sr.); Conner Bitzer (INF, Sr.); Tanner Brown (P/2B, Sr.); Lee Perri (P, Sr.); Mike Perri (RF, Sr.); Dan Patzlaff (SS, Soph.); Brock Lundquist (1B, Soph.); Justin Brand (3B, Soph.); Dillon Persinger (C, Soph.); John Shattles (C/3B, Jr.); Jordan Lucio (3B, Jr.); Monty Plattner (P, Jr.); Nick Yang (P, Jr.); Joseph Secrest (P/INF/OF, Jr.); Jacob Peralta (INF/OF, Jr.); Wyatt Heise (P, Jr.); Shaun Quinn (P/OF, Jr.).

Season opener: def. Sonora, 8-2, and 4-3, Saturday

Next game: 3 p.m. Thursday vs. Pacifica, Glover Stadium (Loara Tournament)

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Huntington Beach

League: Sunset

Head coach: Benji Medure (12th year; 141-142-3)

2011 record (overall/league): 11-15; fifth place

The roster: LJ Brewtser (3B, first-team all-league, Sr.); Lou Payetta (SS, Sr.); Jake Caron (2B, Jr.); Jesse Kuet (1B, Soph.); Brett Urabe (CF, Sr.); Shane Grace (P, Sr.); Christian Abe (P, Sr.); Matt Urabe (LF, Sr.); Adam Daymude (C, Sr.); Mario Gross (RF, Sr.); Clint Jack (OF, Soph.); Robert Baker (Sr.); Derek Weiser (Sr.); Ryan West (Sr.); Bill Morehouse (Jr.); Andrew Arledge (Soph.); Dillon Millar (Soph.); Branden Williams (Soph.); Jake Brodt (Soph.); Marcus Mayorga (Soph.); Clay Morris (Soph.); Kevin Heesacker (Sr.); Andrew Geiger (Jr.).

Season opener: 3 p.m. Thursday vs. Gahr (Newport Elks Tournament)

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Marina

League: Sunset

Head coach: Bob Marshall (second year; 16-11-1)

2011 record (overall/league): 16-11-1; second-place tie

The roster: Kevin Isa (2B/SS, Sr.); Keegan Reeser (SS/3B, Sr.); Tyler Mildenberg (3B, Jr.); Jake Arledge (CF, Jr.); Dustin Wagers (OF/3B, Sr.); Austin Baker (C, Sr.); Trevor Zeller (1B, Sr.); Austin Sweet P, Sr.); Austin Olivas (P, Jr.); Landon Marshall (C/3B/0F, Soph.); Justin Neese (C/1B, Jr.); Austin Sojka (OF, Soph.); Jake Bauers (OF/1B, Jr.); Spencer Fowler (P, Jr.); David Jung (OF, Jr.); Steven Gingery (P, Fr.); Greg Igea (OF, Sr.); Grant Mayeaux (INF, Jr.); Jack Westermeyer (P, Jr.); Max Willingham (2B, Jr.); Max Gibbs (P, Jr.); Brett Lynn (P/OF, Jr.); James Myers (P/3B, Jr.); Dee Atwood (P, Jr.): Todd Phillips (C, Sr.).

Season opener: 3 p.m. Friday vs. Santa Margarita (Loara Tournament)

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Ocean View

League: Golden West

Head coach: Shane Borowski (seventh year; 109-60-1)

2011 record (overall/league): 18-11; second-place tie

The roster: Timmy Robinson (OF/P, league MVP, first-team all-CIF, Sr.): Colton Johnson (SS/P, all-league, Sr.); Robert Fogarty (C, all-league, Sr.); Travis Sparks-Jackson (P/OF, all-league, Sr.); Chad Hackworth (P/OF, second-team all-league, Sr.); Joey Garcia (IF, Sr.); Luke Fell (1B/P, Jr.); Zac Honnes (2B/C, soph.); Dallas Broge (3B, Jr.); Eric Murillo (P/UT, Sr.); Jared Goodman (P/OF, Jr.); Jonah Desjardin (P/OF, Sr.); John Giacone (OF, Jr.); Joey Serrano (UT, Sr.).

Season opener: 3 p.m. Thursday vs. Corona

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Barons win first two of season

Fountain Valley took on Sonora in a nonleague doubleheader Saturday and swept the Raiders by scores of 8-2 and 4-3. In the opening game, Turner Clouse, Brock Lundquist and Tanner Brown each had two hits, with Clouse getting two runs batted in during the third inning and Grown producing a run-scoring double in the fourth. Junior Nick Yang got the win on the mound behind three innings of shutout relief action.

Fountain Valley had to come from a 2-0 deficit in the second game to get the win. The Barons scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning, with Clouse driving in two runs with a double. John Shattles and Matt Gasparro each finished with two hits and Brown pitched out of a bases loaded, no-out situation in the seventh to get the save. Junior Monty Plattner pitched three innings and got the win.

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